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Delta variant has high load sheds more virus in droplets as a result of talking and singing-Noguchi

The transmission of the delta variant is directly linked to how much virus is shed in droplets during sneezing and coughing, according to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) of the University of Ghana, Legon, which also determines the spread through talking, singing, and other related activities. 

If nothing is done to reverse the current trend of infection, Noguchi fears a serious outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant. 

It was noted that recent SARS CoV-2 sequencing at NMIMR revealed a higher prevalence of the Delta variant in Ghanaian communities than the earlier Alpha variants. 

Some characteristics of the new delta variant of SARS CoV-2 detected at the institute's testing center since April 2021 reveal that it carries very high viral loads, according to a press release from Noguchi. 

The delta variant spread faster than other variants, according to the statement. 

Some of the positive cases, according to Noguchi, have received two doses of the covid-19 [AstraZeneca] vaccine. 

It went on to say that positive people are taking longer to clear the virus, as evidenced by the number of retests that are still positive. 

Warning of a serious outbreak due to the high number of unvaccinated Ghanaians, Noguchi has warned that if the Covid-19 safety protocols are not followed, Ghana could face a serious outbreak. 

“With a population that is 280 percent unvaccinated, the country must be concerned that if these seemingly healthy carriers spread the virus to the unvaccinated, we may face a more serious outbreak as a country. Some of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 had received the full dose of the vaccine. 

“It is therefore recommended that the Government review the current state of adherence to COVID-19 preventive protocols and appropriate restrictions,” Noguchi adds in his communique. 

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ghana had risen to 4,094 as of Saturday, July 23, 2021. 

According to the latest figures from the Ghana Health Service, 423 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 821. 

Since March 12, 2020, the total number of people has reached 101,170. 

A total of 96,255 people have been rescued.

The full press release from the Research Institute can be found below:

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